Farmers Back MAF Merger

NEW ZEALAND - While it’s never pleasant to see jobs disappear, Federated Farmers is buoyed by a new positive direction coming out of the merged Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/Ministry of Fisheries.
calendar icon 18 October 2011
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“Farmers will be well pleased that agriculture’s super-ministry will be strongly focussed on the success of the primary sectors,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President.

“Having pushed for a super agriculture ministry, I am frankly delighted the emphasis is about what MAF can do to support positive progress. It doesn’t mean we will always see eye-to-eye but we’re getting onto the same page about where we see the primary sector heading."

“We’re incredibly bullish about the future of our primary industries and so is MAF. What’s happening with MAF is transformational in terms of the wider public service. It’s a focus on real deliverables rather than paper output."

“While it’s never nice to see 233 positions disappear, 105 of these positions are currently vacant and that helps draw the sting a little. The key thing for Federated Farmers is ensuring that MAF has the right focus and with it, the right people in place."

“To me, MAF’s strategy is exciting and we’d like to compliment the Director-General on it. Maximising export opportunities, improving sector productivity, increasing sustainable resource use and protecting from biological risk could have been lifted from our own election priorities."

“I think it’s safe to say were excited by the new MAF,” Mr Wills concluded

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